Embassy Bossa

Fri, 22 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Known as one of Vancouver’s strongest builders, Embassy Bossa has already made a big name for themselves in Calgary with other big-name developments in the city like Riverwest, Marquis, Axxis and Liberté. Their upcoming Fuse condos are a part of their larger Evolution project in the East Village and are looking continue the trend of quality.

With both mid-rise (8 stories) and high-rise (21 stories) developments being worked on, Embassy Bossa is looking to make their mark, again. The focus of Evolution is high end condos, the kind starting at $359,000. The average square footage of each unit is a rather generous 1,000 square feet with one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and workstation suites available.

Not only are the units spacious, they are also well endowed. Being built are modern looking residences with tight, crisp lines contrasting white walls against dark wood accents and stainless steel appliances.

The outside too is well done. A very retro looking entry way with bamboo and stone on the first level quickly transitions into an all-glass affair. While not the tallest buildings in Calgary by any means, they will stand out for their strong and attractive looks.

Between Evolution and the other developments promised for the area, the East Village is shaping up to be deserving of its hype. It is quickly becoming o be “the place to be in Calgary”.


Fri, 15 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Developing a massive 730,000 square feet of residential development, 650 condo residences and 70,000 square feet of commercial space to the River’s Edge and Parkside character areas of the East Village is Ontario’s FRAM+Solkker.
A diverse, modern and incredibly stylish builder, the group has built over 11,000 residences in every style imaginable: they’ve done everything, from custom homes to single family to multi-family to condominium. They have the experience.
Furthermore, they are a builder of quality. With their extended after sales customer service program, they estimate that 40% of new homes purchased are either repeat buyers or referrals from existing home owners.
A ‘first look’ at their FIRST development is quite encouraging. Starting at $200,000, the 191 condos available range from 415 square feet for a studio style to 1,230 square feet for the live-work units.
Using what they call the “RAW” approach, the 18 story building is intended to have a graphic, sketched look. Using wood, black metal frames and glass. This is contrasted against the courtyard on the third floor which provides a touch of nature in the highly stylized human environment.

Sustainability in the East Village

Fri, 08 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Because the East Village is a centrally planned and somewhat forced development, it was of the utmost importance to the designers that living there still feels natural to the residents. There are a few way’s that the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has done this: through Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability.

In terms of economic sustainability, the builders have ensured, through the Community Revitalization Levy that property taxes generated in the East Village stay in the East Village. Over an undisclosed amount of time, the designers expect this to generate $108 million for infrastructure developments.

As was focused on when I profiled each of the different character areas, the master plan is designed with social interaction in mind. Everything is built with the intention of facilitating a sense of community. Walkable streets, proximity to transit and abundant green spaces ensure that there is always something to do alone or with a group of friends.

Lastly, Environmental sustainability. Everything in the East Village is green. The entire neighborhood is seeking LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighborhood Development), a prestigious, world recognized certification that demonstrates it’s holders mean business when it comes to the environment.

Master Plan II

Fri, 01 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Continuing from last week’s post on the “Master Plan” in place for the new East Village development, today I want to talk about the Crossing and Parkside character areas.

Intended to look like a set of stairs into the high rises of downtown, the Parkside development will be made up of FRAM+Slokker town homes and condominiums. Furthermore, on the side which shares a boarder with historic Fort Calgary, there will be a 40 acre green space and public square, with a garden to be cared for by the community.

You’ve probably already experienced portions of the River’s Edge “River Walk”. It’s the pathway going along the Bow River, starting at Eau Claire and going east. Those are just parts one and two. Part three will extend the pathway down to ninth avenue and future developments will take it all the way to the stampede grounds. Additionally, the old Simmens building is going to be turned into a retail destination, should end up being a classy place with all that nice brick work already laid.

That wraps up the “Master Plan” section. Next week’s blog post will focus on sustainability. After which, I will continue with the builder profiles begging with FRAM+Slokker and Embassy Bosa. Hope you are enjoying the content. Feel free to leave any comments below.

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